The Loving Response Of Children by International President, Robin Pelton

I have been dealing with a terribly hard situation in my classroom. Over the Christmas holiday, two of my little students were in a car crash, and one died.  They were twin brothers and had just turned seven years old.  Thankfully the surviving brother had little physical injury. 

I am sharing this to let you know about the amazing reaction the rest of my students have had to this situation. 

I work in a small community and so, by the time school was back in session, some of my students had already heard of the tragedy.  But I had to tell the rest of my class.  We had a counselor on hand, just in case.  The reactions of my “littles” were varied, but if any one of them cried, others came immediately to hug them and pat their back.  My students were comforting me, my aide, and each other.  They were also concerned about their classmate who survived.  Without any prompting, the children agreed that they had to “be nice” to him, hug him, help him calm down if he became angry, help him with his classwork, etc. 

The next day, my students designated a basket in the classroom for gifts and homemade cards for their classmate AND the brother that died.  This was all on their own.  Amazing. 

The surviving twin finally came back to school this week.  My students enveloped him with love.  They proudly presented him with the things they had brought and made for him and his brother.  And, they demonstrated a touching amount of love and kindness.  I am getting emotional just remembering this. 

I just wanted to share with you all the immense love, kindness, caring, and support provided by a group of little children for someone they know who is hurting.  Again, AMAZING!!

4 thoughts on “The Loving Response Of Children by International President, Robin Pelton”

  1. Robin, thank you for sharing this tragic and loving situation with us. One of my first thoughts after reading your BUDDIE Blog post was the heartbreak the twins’ Mother and Father must be feeling. Our son TJ died in 2010 (he was 31 years old) and there is nothing that compares to that kind of loss. A parent never recovers, even though they must go on.

    I began to imagine as I read the post again about how the twins’ Mother feels when she looks at her living child … is it even harder when it is a twin? Is it less painful (if that is possible at all) because you can see your deceased child in the face of the child who remains?

    Your strength and love for the children in your class made it possible for them to be loving and kind, to make plans to care for and prepare their friend for a return to school. Children always know the core of what’s important, and their authentic hearts and minds allow them to act with unconditional love. I’m saying a prayer for all of you … the hardest days are yet to come …

  2. Robin, thanks for sharing this sad moment in the lives of your students and co-workers by this tragic accident. I’m sure that many people reached out to the family in their time of need and will continue to do so as the need arises. But as your story states, it is the classmates of these young boys that reacted from the heart of their collective pain. Children have much to teach adults. As we grow, we pick up the fears and prejudices of society. But children naturally know how to love and comfort. We should all remember this.

  3. Dear Robin…thank you for sharing…the world will be a better place if everyone saw each other through the eyes and heart of a child.

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